, Twitter (TWTR)
announced it had identified and removed a network of more than 900 accounts originating in China that “were deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and political positions of the protest movement.” Twitter shared their findings with Facebook and they also removed a smaller network of accounts. Some accounts called protesters “cockroaches” or compared them to Islamic State terrorists.
Hong Kong is facing a major political crisis
amid weeks of mass demonstrations. Protesters are demanding greater democracy and an inquiry into alleged police brutality during past demonstrations. And as unrest intensifies, Beijing’s tone is becoming increasingly heated.